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You know what I find most incredible about this thread? That anyone, even for a fleeting moment, might think that it is currently possible to program a machine to generate consistently lucid (dare I say elegant?) prose that is on topic, responds to prior posts in a coherent manner, injects cultural references and humor, maintains a consistent personality, etc., etc. Maybe it's just because I spend most of my day having all kinds of trouble getting computers to perform far, far simpler tasks, but, sheesh! We techies can sometimes be mighty good, but we're nowhere NEAR that good! I'd be willing to bet that we won't be that good 50 years from now.

I worry just a little bit about such a person investing in tech at all. They might find themselves susceptible to some of the other far-fetched sci-fi "stories" that occasionally pop up in that arena, generally to the demise of investors.

A final note: I did not intend this rant to be another swipe at poor stvfx (who has had a rough couple of days) but to be more generally addressed toward the problem that I often encounter of people believing that tech is almost like magic and can do practically anything. Nothing like working in a tech-related field for a while to inject a healthy dose of "Suuuurre you're going to have that capability by 2003..." into your thinking.

DeepBlue@youneverknowwhatwilldriveyououtoflurkmode.com
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